T-Shirts & ID Badges
T-shirts and ID badges create “rights of passage” during the CEDS process. In the Transitions project, we used t-shirts of the project logo. When a student completed their first film, they received a t-shirt. As the project advanced, we began gifting t-shirts to public officials that we interviewed. Instructors also became more flexible with the t-shirts, giving them as motivational gifts to students who participated in an aspect of the filmmaking process, but were struggling to stay motivated in school.
The t-shirts played a considerable role with the community identity of the project. That energy motivated students, gave them a sense of belonging and created a currency of sorts in the class. VV’s IndiaUnheard program uses badges as a form of authorization.